56 days in South Korea Itinerary

56 days in South Korea Itinerary

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56 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Busan
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 9 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Gwangju
— 6 nights
4
Daejeon
— 6 nights
5
Daegu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Andong
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Chuncheon
— 5 nights
9
Seoul
— 8 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

6
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Gyeongju (Anapji Pond & Gyeongju National Museum), Sebyeonggwan Hall (in Tongyeong) and Oedo Botania (in Geoje). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village, and walk around Yongdusan Park.

To see maps and more tourist information, go to the Busan day trip site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Busan is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Busan. When traveling from Abu Dhabi in August, plan for much colder days in Busan, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gyeongju, Sebyeonggwan Hall, Oedo Botania
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

9
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong, Gwangchigi Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hyeopjae Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamdeok Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online visit planner .

Getting from Busan to Jeju by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gwangju.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seogwipo, Jeju Olle Trail Routes
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Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong
Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach

6
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gwangju: Suncheon (Songgwangsa Temple, Seonamsa Temple, & more), Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun) and Jeonju Hanok Village (in Jeonju). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Gwanghallu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudeungsan Jeungsimsa Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Gochangeupseong Fortress.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Gwangju online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Gwangju takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gwangju when traveling from Jeju in September, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Daejeon.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Suncheon, Gurye-gun, Gochang-gun, Naesosa Temple, Unjusa
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Gwanghallu ©
Gwanghallu
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Boseong Green Tea Field Daehan Dawon ©

6
nights
Daejeon

Daejeon ©
A sprawling metropolis and center for research, Daejeon stands as the fifth largest city in South Korea.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boeun-gun (Songnisan National Park & Beopjusa Temple), Tapsa Temple (in Jinan-gun) and Gwanchoksa Temple (in Nonsan). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Yuseong Hot Springs, see the interesting displays at Currency Museum, have fun and explore at Cheongju National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Magoksa Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Daejeon trip planner.

You can drive from Gwangju to Daejeon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gwangju in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Daejeon, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Daegu.

Things to do in Daejeon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Gongju, Boeun-gun, Cheongju, Asan, Buyeo National Museum
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:
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Beopjusa Temple ©
Beopjusa Temple
Yuseong Hot Springs ©
Yuseong Hot Springs
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum

4
nights
Daegu

Daegu ©
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daegu: Gyeongsan (Bangokji & Gatbawi), Gyeongju (Seokguram, Bulguksa Temple, & more) and Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site (in Goryeong-gun). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haeinsa, browse the eclectic array of goods at Seomun Market, steep yourself in history at House of Seo Sangdon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Upo Wetland.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Daegu journey builder tool .

Take a train from Daejeon to Daegu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Daejeon in September, expect nights in Daegu to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Andong.

Things to do in Daegu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gyeongju, Gyeongsan, Haeinsa, Goryeong Daegaya Historic Site, Upo Wetland
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Haeinsa ©
Haeinsa

5
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Explore Andong's surroundings by going to Yeongju (Sosuseowon Confucian School & Buseoksa Temple), Danyang-gun (Yangbaek Waterfall, Aqua World, & more) and Juwangsan National Park (in Cheongsong-gun). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Andong Hahoe Folk Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, see the interesting displays at Hahoe Mask Museum, and stroll around Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Andong vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Daegu to Andong by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Daegu in September, you will find days in Andong are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sokcho.

Things to do in Andong

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Danyang-gun, Yeongju, Cheongnyangsa Temple, Juwangsan National Park, Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
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Juwangsan National Park ©
Juwangsan National Park
Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sokcho: Pyeongchang-gun (Woljeongsa & Sangwonsa), Baekdamsa Temple (in Inje-gun) and Yangyang-gun (Naksansa Temple, Jujeongol, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seoraksan National Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cheoksan Foot Spa Park, stroll around Tongil Park (Unification Park), and steep yourself in history at Gyeongpodae.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sokcho trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Andong to Sokcho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Sokcho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chuncheon.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yangyang-gun, Gangneung, Pyeongchang-gun, Cheonjin Beach, Baekdamsa Temple
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Seoraksan National Park ©
Seoraksan National Park
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

5
nights
Chuncheon

Chuncheon ©
The capital of the country's northernmost province, the city of Chuncheon acts a gateway to the wilder sights of the rural region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chuncheon: Pyeongchang-gun (Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch, Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang, & more), Jeongseon 5-day Market (in Jeongseon-gun) and Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon (in Pocheon). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Nami Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutasa Temple, and examine the collection at Gangwondo Forest Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chuncheon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sokcho to Chuncheon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sokcho in September, you will find days in Chuncheon are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seoul.

Things to do in Chuncheon

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pyeongchang-gun, Traditional Liquor Museum Sansawon, Jeongseon 5-day Market, Sutasa Temple, Guryongsa Temple
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Nami Island ©
Nami Island
Cheongpyeongsa ©
Cheongpyeongsa
Phoenix Snow Park ©
Phoenix Snow Park

8
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Icheon Termeden (in Icheon). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, find something for the whole family at Lotte World, and make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seoul trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chuncheon to Seoul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a subway. Traveling from Chuncheon in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seoul, with lows around 21°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Icheon Termeden
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 12:
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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